|Reflections on Africa's First World Cup - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Chris Bolsmann (Sociology, Aston University) on the successful 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Topics covered include experiences at stadiums; FIFA's Disney-fied World Cup; Pan-Africanism and African teams; and the economic and political impact of the tournament. More World Cup Thoughts Online: "After the Final" with Karabo Mathang and Sindi Mabizela (audio) Laurent Dubois and Achille Mbembe on "The People's Game" (audio) African Soccerscapes by Peter Alegi (book) Dr...
Keywords: 2010 World Cup; Chris Bolsmann; football; soccer; South Africa
|2010 World Cup and Grassroots Soccer - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Thabo Dladla, Conti Khubeka and Zeph Mthembu on the potential impact of the 2010 World Cup on grassroots soccer in South Africa. All three men are former professional players now coaching youths. What does 2010 mean to these elders of the game? Will the tournament address the legacy of apartheid and the new challenges of globalization? Putting people before profits, Dladla says, is necessary to effect positive social change.
Keywords: 2010 World Cup; development; FIFA; football; SAFA; soccer; South Africa
|African Cinema and Literature - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
This episode focuses on African football (soccer), cinema, and literature. In the first segment, Peter Alegi reports on the first round of the African Nations Cup in Ghana. In the second segment, MSU Professors Ken Harrowand Safoi Babana-Hampton join us in a discussion centered around Harrowâs new book Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (Indiana University Press, 2007)...
Keywords: Africa; Audio; books cinema; football; Ken Harrow; literature; Safoi Babana-Hampton; soccer
|Football/Soccer Politics and Migration - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dr. Paul Darby (University of Ulster) on Africa's place in world soccer. He examines Africa's political relations with FIFA and the role of CAF, the continental governing body. Darby then discusses his new research on the migration of young African players to Europe through case studies of Ghanaâs Liberty Professionals FC and the Right to Dream Academy.
Keywords: CAF; FIFA; football; Ghana; Liberty Professionals; migration; Paul Darby; politics; Right to Dream Academy; soccer
|African Soccerscapes - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Peter Alegi discusses his book manuscript in process African Soccerscapes: Sport, Race, Nation, and Capitalism (Ohio University Press, forthcoming in 2009). Guest host Solomon Getahun and Peter Limb talk with Alegi about football and anti-colonial nationalism in Nigeria, Algeria, and South Africa; the history of migration of African players to Europe; and South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
Keywords: 2010 World Cup; African nationalism; Algeria; football; history; Nigeria; Peter Alegi; soccer; Solomon Getahun; South Africa
|Media, Culture, and Politics - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
In this episodeâs first segment, Peter Alegi reports on the exciting conclusion of the2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana. In the second segment, South African media scholar Sean Jacobs (University of Michigan) discusses his blog Leo Africanus, and shares his insights on the relationship between media, popular culture, and democracy in Africa.
Keywords: Africa; Africa is a Country; blog; democracy; football; media; newspapers; podcast; press; Sean Jacobs; soccer; South Africa; sport; television
|Mass Media and Democracy - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Professor Folu Ogundimu (MSU, Journalism) joins Peter Limb and Olabode Ibironke, an MSU graduate student in Comparative Literature, to discuss how the transformation of mass media in contemporary Africa has revitalized democracy and strengthened freedom of expression. Later in the episode, Alegi reports on the âMedia, Communication, and Sports in Africaâ conference, and speaks with Simon Akindes (University of Wisconsin, Parkside) about the joys and sorrows of global African football.
Keywords: Africa, democratization, Folu Ogundimu, football, mass media, newspapers, Nigeria, Olabode Ibironke, podcast, press freedom, Simon Akindes, sports, television